I came across your blog while looking for a good fingerchart (hooray google). I think yours will do just great. As an older beginner cello player browsing your blog and seeing your progress in the past 2+ years is really encouraging.
I bought this in 3/4 size as a beginner cello for my small 14 year old daughter after renting for a few months. We were surprised at the quality for the price - it has a nice deep clear sound compared to most of the beginner cellos we've heard. It has a beautiful finish - lots of brown and pretty varnishing - unlike the mass produced "orange" looking cellos. We're very happy with the choice - doesn't sound or look "beginner" at all! It came completely set up and ready to play after a quick tuning. We appreciate the counsel and advice from your staff (Nathan, Evan, and others)- never patronizing towards beginner musicians and very honest and helpful.
Beginner cello students will love learning new songs with the PlayAlong Cello music app. The app listens to you play and guides you through the selected song, making practice time fun and easy!
The most popular cello book to learn the cello is the Suzuki cello series. You will learn how to read notes and your teacher will teach you to play a simple song in the first book for your beginner cello lesson.